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Gov. Rick Scott in Wynwood tells pregnant women: ‘We’re buying more tests’ for Zika



From Alex Daugherty at the Miami Herald:

Govenor Rick Scott zig-zagged around Wynwood on Thursday morning, talking with local business owners about what the state can do to combat the spread of Zika. He visited Miami Under Ground coffee shop and startup company LiveNinja HQ, among others. Scott was displeased that Congress has not reconvened in Washington to fund Zika prevention.

"President and Congress have to figure out how to work together," Scott said. "I have to work with my legislature if I want to get anything done. This is a national, international issue and I think the federal government has failed us."

Scott did not acknowledge the funding issues that Miami-Dade mosquito control has faced, saying that "we have very successful mosquito control around the state."

"If you look at what we've done with dengue fever, chickengunya, we've stopped the local transmission of those," Scott said. "We're going to do the same thing with this. We have good mosquito control and good county health departments that are working well together."

There is a high demand for Zika testing around the state, but Scott said that individuals in Wynwood will get tests before people in other parts of the state.

"We're buying more tests...we have no idea what the demand will be," Scott said. "We've said that anybody that is in this impacted area the one mile square radius north of downtown needs to be tested, go to the county health department and get tested for free. We're rolling it out around the state and adding tests as we can get them." 

[Last modified: Thursday, August 4, 2016 1:49pm]


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